Thursday, July 24 2014 11:46 PM EDT2014-07-25 03:46:21 GMT
Former Associated Press writer Jim Purks shared his experiences with people in Albany Thursday night.More >>
Former Associated Press writer Jim Purks shared his experiences with people in Albany Thursday night. More >>
VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -
All the water left by a week of rain has been too much for the Withlacoochee and its watershed in Lowndes, Brooks, and Berrien County.
It is a real nightmare for the sanitation department in Valdosta. The flood waters have overwhelmed the city's efforts to keep sewer water separated from flood water.
As seen in these pictures from WALB's Stephen Abel, the water is now within a few feet of the treatment plant.
The city says that because of rising water on lower elevations, up to six million gallons of untreated sewage will be discharging directly into the river each day until the flood waters recede, and the treatment plant can be returned to normal operation.
Valdosta has closed Gornto Road at the Earl Wetherington Foot Bridge near the YMCA, due to exceeding water levels of the Sugar Creek indefinitely.
The Engineering Department is in constant contact with the Lowndes County EMA regarding information on the Withlacoochee River crest activity.